3 Surprising Lessons From the World’s Largest Nutrition Study
Holy crap, this is huge. If this isn't a motivator to stop eating processed foods, I don't know what is.
And even I'll admit I've let more creep into my diet lately.
(Processed foods = any "food" item that is ready made: if you can't make it in your own kitchen, then you shouldn't be eating it. I don't know about you but I don't keep hydrogenated fat, modified starches or food colouring in my spice cabinet, do you?)
"For every percent increase in processed foods participants consumed, the same increase in cancer rates was found."
I don't even know where to begin, I highlighted so many lines that I may as well have highlighted the while thing.
Please read, share, buy organic and especially - make your meals from scratch as often as you can.
Taking back our meals, taking back our health is one of the largest gateways into social change - because yes it can sometimes be more expensive and time consuming ... Shouldn't you be angry about that? Why is cancer cheaper? Why don't we have enough time to make nutritious food anymore? 🤔👇
The revolutionary push continues. Legitimizing what we've known for decades.
"According to Professor Nutt, the ‘war on drugs’ that’s been waging since the 70s is responsible for this burden, by setting back the research into psychedelic medical treatments, and preventing adequate treatments by at least 50 years.
‘This has caused about a million excess deaths a year, due to the failures of being able to access medication.’"
Wow... I can't stress the importance of this article enough. Please take a moment to read & share it with your loved ones.
"Her point is that this world-weariness so many of us are feeling could be misdiagnosed as depression. It’s not.
“This is not a clinical depression, but it might be called that traditionally,” Boss explains. “It is a normal reaction to a pathological situation.”
That is not depression for Boss, but she does find that grief is often mislabelled as depression. “Sadness hangs over you. It’s real, it’s painful, it’s suffering and it’s normal.”
“The more you allow people to feel the grief, the sooner they will find a new way to live life without what they’ve lost... ”
This was so good. Well worth the read.
And to me... That's the point.
I tend to write and read longer form articles, I like deep dives into topics I'm interested in.
But it seems more and more these days, people just "don't have time" - friends don't read an article I poured my heart into - yet I see on a daily basis their phones pinging in constant distractions.
I keep my phone on silent, and have distraction blockers installed on my computer & phone. Why? So that I can be more mindful, more present with the time I have.
And yet, with these methods I feel like I'm an outlier, a weirdo. When in fact, as articles like this show - it's really quite the other way around - and extremely unhealthy and unhappy, to not have a bit more intention and purpose with the time we have.
Essentially - I try to live in the days where all we had were books and phones. If something is important, you pick up the phone for a quality call with friends (today, a focussed text chat is the same), and books are a calm focussed experience, rather than piecemeal blurbs training our minds distraction rather than patience.
This is why I use apps like Pocket to help me read on what I want, and funnel all my communications into simple texting. The other methods - I'll get to, but I'd rather not have them distract me all day.
Living a life with constant barrages of time theft makes me wonder how little sense of purpose we must really have. I think in the future - and with more and more distraction blockers being built into phones on an OS level, I think we are returning to a more focussed, intentional, purposeful - and hopefully more quality use of our time.
This is great 👌
And might I add, for the last graphic, another layer would of course be measures such as Vitamin D, Zinc, and especially Herbal Medicine.
What an excellent article. We use berberine in TCM, usually in its whole herb form. The 3 herbs most frequently used are known as "the three yellows" and are quite simply some of my favourite "secret weapon" herbs.
Despite the wonders of this compound and its herbs - the herbs than contain it are among the "coldest" we use, and therefore should not be used long term or without supervision.
Despite that, from diabetes to Alzheimer's to SIBO to lung conditions to cholesterol, from the TCM perspective these are loosely all grouped under the "Damp Heat" (I call it Humidity) or "Phlgem" condition umbrellas, and the logic in successfully treating these conditions is well predicted in TCM theory (cold and dry herbs treat Dampness and Heat!)
When prescribed properly these herbs are seriously powerhouses, this article just gave me even more respect for them! ✨✨✨
This one is important. Violence and looting don't just erupt from nowhere.
In Chinese Medicine there are generally 2 types of low libido/impotence.
Loosely, one is actual deficiency of reproductive "fire" (Yang), as commonly seen in older/elderly populations.
The other is the *much* more common (at least in my clinical experience) "Stagnation of Qi" (function) type.
Besides poor diet and stress, the primary cause of this Stagnation is "unfulfilled desires/expectations". This psychosomatic pattern has been recognized for centuries.
And is in essence precisely what this article is describing.
While we still treat the root of the concern (in these cases relationships/lifestyle/mental health - my particular areas of expertise) we almost always loosen things up or thaw things from the subconscious through the use of acupuncture & ancient herbal formulas.
In fact in my experience it's even quite common for libido issues to manifest as even physical complaints such as yeast infections or pain during sex when in reality it's often signals that your physical body is "rejecting" aspects of your partner - these are almost always "sequela" of Qi Stagnation and easily predictable.
It's obviously a wide topic - what are your thoughts in this more vulnerable topic? 👇
It's this type of stuff - the lived experience of our own psychological experiences and reality that integrates or pushes back against aspects of new age spirituality that we need more of.
Aside from Christianity our Western world has lost its way spiritually in my opinion, which is why seekers look to other cultures and traditions to piecemeal a sense of meaning back together again.
I really think that modern psychology is the closest thing we have to a new emerging path, especially forms like DBT which deeply incorporate mindfulness.
This is a developing thought, so I may be uneducated here, but seeing articles like this feel very grounding to me!
"During your average day in the human brain, neurons are constantly firing and neurotransmitters are traveling well-trodden paths through the brain, somewhat like cars on a freeway.
"Previous research has shown that new networks appear in tandem. It's as if those cars on the freeway were given free rein to stray from the highway and take back roads towards new destinations.
"The models showed that the brain is able to tap into new networks by coupling the effects of neuron activity and the release of neurotransmitters, like serotonin."
Have you tried microdosing? What's your experience? Any effect on depression? 🍄👇
This. This sums it all up.
The results of the study showed that higher levels of maternal stress during pregnancy (such as a divorce or moving to a new house) were associated with increased attention deficit/hyperactivity problems in children over 2 years later. These findings suggest that stressful events experienced during prenatal development may be associated with problematic child behavioral functioning years later – although additional research is needed.
Wow... The importance of this can't be overstated.
Acupuncture alleviates cancer pain and reduces opioid use. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials and conclude that acupuncture reduces pain levels for patients with cancer.  In addition, the research indicates that opioid use may decrease significantly as a result of acupuncture analgesic treatments. The research was published in JAMA Oncology
“We’re in an interesting time when it comes to UI, things are converging more and more,” says Friedman. “I like to think that back in the Metro design days we started with this idea of simplification... and that’s gotten friendlier over time, which we’ve embraced with round people, rounded corners, and subtle drop shadows, and dark mode. I think generally speaking when we look at Android, iOS, the web, Windows, and Mac, there is a common DNA from a visual design perspective we’re starting to feel.”
One of the best articles I've seen on subtle psychological abuse tactics.
I've been battling with fatigue after eating for some time now - and simply haven't made myself a priority to look it up until recently (what else is new, lol)
While nearly all of the mainstream articles I find are more or less useless (meaning, telling us what we already know, and basically saying "its normal, deal with it) this is definitely one of the better ones. (That said, to a degree I'm sure it *is* normal - many cultures take "siestas" for a reason!)
I'm currently deeply looking into Chinese Medicine patterns and finding a lot more to work with, and a huge number of herbal formulas. I've recently started on a new one, and will report back as this is super annoying to someone with a lot on the go!
Besides ensuring the basics (hydration, proper sleep, smaller portions, better chewing, digestion aides such as fennel seeds, walking etc) do you have any tips or tricks if you experience this?
“Today one is hard-pressed to find anyone knowledgeable who believes that the so-called biological revolution of the 1980s made good on most or even any of its therapeutic and scientific promises.” Bio-psychiatry “overreached, overpromised, overdiagnosed, overmedicated and compromised its principles.”
But I thought it was Chinese Medicine that was unscientific hogwash? 🤔🙄🤐
One of the best articles on Chinese Medicine I have ever read.